Thursday, 8 March 2012

Got the Blues?

This photo is from the Bluebell woods near my hometown of Marlborough in the UK. I was lucky enough to time a trip 'home' a few years ago and took my middle daughter to go to experience the peace and beauty of these woods in full bloom.

Blue is an interesting colour to work with. It signifies the cold end of the spectrum.We associate it with cold, clinical, clean, efficient.  Most washing powders or medicines have a lot of blue packaging you may notice. Poison was bottled in blue glass bottles in Victorian times. Cold taps are indicated with blue. You can  easily experiment with how your brain's thermostat works by painting one beach pebble blue and one red. What feels colder and what hotter? Its the same with painting a wall. A room will instinctly feel cold if painted blue. Its the colour of hospital waiting rooms, offices, cool and efficient places of work.

 We associate blue with water. Of course water is colourless and it's only the sky reflecting on the ocean to make it blue but childen will invariably paint water blue.
 Blue is one of the three primary colours so is not easily made. Blue is most men's favourite colour, we always associate blue for boys, pink for girls. Wonder why that is? Especially when you consider one in eight males is colourblind anyway and only one in 20,000 females are!

In painting blue is traditionally symbolic of piousness. Mary, mother of Jesus was always depicted in blue. If you look at a landscape blue is the colour of the distant hills, it's the tone that all colours become in the distance, the absolute opposite of red jumping out at you, blue disappears into haze on the horizon.

Blue in music would be the base tones, to ' sing the blues' would be sorrowful, soulful sounds. Its the sound of a whale in the deep waters. The sound of peace , low and slow.

Having worked in fashion both sides of the planet I find it amusing that a blue colourway in most prints will always sell well in Australia, but never in the UK. I always put it down to the fact that most Australians are hot enough already without wearing hot colours and the same in the opposite applies to the UK. Blue bedlinen always sells well down under but Chinese culture and Feng Shui associate blue as bad in the bedroom. Not good for loving at all!

Here are few tricks for your kids to mix a range of blues if you follow my UTUBE link below.

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